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Yamaha BDS 2900 Blu Ray - Conclusion

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CONCLUSION

The BD-S2900 does many things very well, superb picture quality being most obvious, but it is a little ragged around the edges in some respects. The trouble is, the price tag suggests deep sophistication and I'm afraid to say that this price promise isn't achieved. Whilst core performance is good, peripherally there are problems unacceptable at the price. So, the BD-S2900 is a nice player that does much well and wouldn't upset most buyers, but it isn't  quite the all round cracker I would have hoped.

 

verdict four globes

Wonderful picture, but has niggling limitations inappropriate to price.


YAMAHA BD-S2900 £699

Yamaha Electronics UK Ltd.

+44(0)

www.yamaha-uk.com

FOR

- picture quality

- bitstream via HDMI

- full audio processing

AGAINST

- no track number display

- no 24/192 PCM surround

- poor remote

 


MEASURED PERFORMANCE

Frequency response measured flat from 2Hz up to 20.8kHz (-1dB) from CD via the analogue outputs, the upper limit extending to 48.2kHz with 96kHz sample rate material our analysis shows. This is a good result. The player fully exploits high resolution bandwidth through its analogue outputs, for those that will use them.

 

Distortion levels were not especially low by 16bit CD standards and no better with 24bit material, where there should have been an improvement. EIAJ dynamic range was low at 107dB. Manufacturers expect Blu-ray players to be connected to a receiver via HDMI link, in which case receiver performance determines  distortion.

 

The digital output was quite low in jitter, hitting 60pS with a -60dB 1kHz tone, and with a 10pS noise floor. Internal clocking is effective.

 

The Yamaha’s internal conversion processes are of reasonable quality, delivering a decent audio signal to the analogue outputs. NK

Frequency response (-1dB)

CD (44.1kHz) 2Hz-20.8kHz

DVD/Blu-ray (96kHz) 2Hz-48.2kHz

Distortion (%)

0dB 0.001

-6dB 0.001

-60dB 0.32

-80dB 3.3

Separation (1kHz) 106dB

Noise (IEC A) -98dB

Dynamic range 107dB

Output 2.02V



FREQUENCY RESPONSE, 96k

yam-bd-s2900-24-96-fr1


 

DISTORTION - CD

yam-bd-s2900-thd1




 

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